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Wednesday, 20 January, 2021

Abstention, threats, and blackmail marked the controversial elections in Venezuela

The regime of Nicolás Maduro organized the parliamentary elections without the participation of opposition political parties. The National Assembly, the United States, and the European Union rejected the electoral process.

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The Venezuelan Electoral Observatory, politicians, international organizations and more, have denounced the illegality of the parliamentary elections summoned by Nicolás Maduro to this December 6.

The United States and the European Union rejected the process, and even the Interamerican-Human Court declared that there were no conditions to do the process in a transparent, impartial, and plural way.

Since the no renovation of the authorities from the Venezuelan National Council, the no participation of the major opposition parties, the use of public resources in the electoral campaign of Maduro candidates, the change of vote centers without notices. The process got cataloged as a violation of the Venezuelan Constitution, according to the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory.

However, and despite all the irregularities, Maduro carried out the process. But the abstention and blackmailing were the trendings during the day.

Empty centers, pressure, and blackmail

The team of journalists of El Pitazo covered the electoral process in all the states of the country. But not even the rockets and the music got to wake up the voters.

In the capital city Caracas, several electoral centers opened late because of the absence of board members. However, most of them were empty.

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Just seven people were in line in the biggest electoral center in Petare at the beginning of the journal. After 9:00 am, centers kept empty or not worked yet.

The same scenario was registered in Zulia, Los Llanos, and other states of the country, where few voters were in line outside the centers.

Only in La Guajira were some voters seen when they secured a bag of food after voting. Photo by Eira González.

But, in Táchira, the border state with Colombia, workers from state-own companies denounced blackmail and pressure to go to vote.

A worker from electrical company Corpoelec reported that her boss texted her at 6:00 am requested that she had to inform him of the time of her vote, electoral center, and the ID number.

Likewise, a student from the National Security University shared a Whatsapp audio to El Pitazo in which a professor said that only five students of 47 seven reported their vote and only those who voted will graduate.

In the Yaracuy state, in western Venezuela, the governor Julio Heredia himself ordered the mayors and the candidates of the National Assembly to go for the voters. “The abstention is too high and make look us bad. We are losing the strategic value, which is the participation,” said Heredia in the leaked audio.

In the cities of Barquisimeto and Coro, there were blackmails. Members of the local committee threatened citizens that if they do not go to vote, they lose the subsidized bag of food and be removed from the list to get domestic gas.

In Los Llanos, the abstention was notourious. Photo by María Eugenia Díaz.

Before the end of the electoral journey, and after the announcement of to apply the Jaque Mate operation, community leaders in Coro went to houses offering a bag of food if they went to vote.

Diosdado Cabello, candidate and the number two powerful man in the regime, as well as the son Maduro, said not to be happy with the results. The first report of the opposition in the morning showed participation of only 2,7% of voters.

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